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For more Recycling

The press conference at the bvse Conference on Recycling of Plastics focused on the topics of how more recycling and more use of recycled materials is possible.

bvse Vice President Herbert Snell, bvse Trade Association Chairman Dr. Dirk Textor and BKV Advisory Board Chairman Matthias Stechhan were the contacts for the trade journalists and started the press conference with their statements on plastics recycling. Textor once again made the demands of the bvse clear, how more quality has to be achieved in all value chains. In addition to investment incentives for recycling plants, all the screws for recycling would have to be turned in order to optimise collection structures, reorganise sorting and promote recycling, for example by expanding Green Public Procurement. Above all, however, only packaging that can be recycled may be brought onto the market in future. Textor also spoke out against the term "downcycling" for products made of mixed plastics. They would also be urgently needed in the future to meet the recycling quotas.

In his statement, Snell also emphasized the topic of "Green Procurement". Public procurement must give a boost to the use of recycled products in order to increase acceptance. He referred to the example of the state of Saxony, which had adapted its waste and soil protection legislation accordingly. There must also be such a signal at the federal level. In order to give priority to recycling products, Snell also advocated a recycling rate. Here one should set realistic goals, which are to be examined approximately in the year 2025. The bvse considers a quota of 20 percent to be feasible.

Matthias Stechhan, head of sales for polyolefins in Central Europe at LyondellBasell, also spoke out in favour of more use of recycled materials. At his company, too, the production of regranulates is an increasingly important topic within the framework of a joint venture, partly because customer demand is rising. Hereby the challenge of meeting the quality requirements of customers, processors and end users with regranulates becomes clear. Stechhan also pointed out the commitment of plastics manufacturers to the analysis and further development of raw material recycling processes. The question is whether, in addition to the quantities that are recycled today, other plastics from waste that is currently being thermally recycled can also be recycled. The two examples show how the plastics industry is meeting the challenges posed by the legislator's requirements at both national and European level. Stechhan also referred to the industry's achievements in improving the resource efficiency of production processes and to the conservation of resources during the use phase of appropriately designed products. Unfortunately, these aspects are largely lost in the current discussion on plastics.

Photo (from left to right): Dr. Dirk Textor, Herbert Snell, Jörg Lacher (bvse press spokesman), Matthias Stechhan


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